Changemakers

Speakers Series

Presented by President Philip Steenkamp

Thought-provoking ideas.
Original speakers.
Virtual events.

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We will explore the complex challenges facing humanity and innovative ideas about how we might solve them. These ideas are even more relevant as we consider living with, and looking beyond, COVID-19. These talks are for students, professionals, alumni and concerned citizens.

These are ideas for everyone, accessible everywhere and free to attend.

Previous Speakers

Esi Edugyan

Bestselling Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan writes richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race and belonging. The first Black woman to win the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Edugyan grew up the child of immigrant Ghanian parents in Calgary, AB. Though it starts as a take on the antebellum novel, Edugyan describes her book Washington Black as having a post-slavery narrative. Washington Black was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and would go on to land the author her second Giller Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

On May 6, 2021, Esi Edugyan joined Royal Roads University President Philip Steenkamp to discuss her book, Washington Black, her research and the themes within her work.

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Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he received his BA in political science from Carleton University in 1980 and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A widely sought-after speaker, Dr. Homer-Dixon’s books include The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, which won Canada’s 2006 National Business Book Award, and The Ingenuity Gap, which won the 2001 Governor General’s Non-fiction Award.

On September 16, renowned speaker, author and professor Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon led us through the challenging global landscape to the brink of despair – and then shows us how we have the power to save the world over Facebook Live.

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Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as a historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a PhD in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs. He is also the recipient of an honourary degree from Royal Roads (2002).

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Dr. Bonnie Henry

Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC in 2018. As BC’s most senior public health official, Dr. Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease prevention and control and health protection. Most recently, Dr. Henry has led the province’s response on the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdose emergency. Dr. Henry’s experience in public health, preventative medicine and global pandemics has extended throughout her career.

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Changemakers Wanted

Diverse, dynamic and interesting speakers and topics lead to more changemaking conversations.

While the pandemic may have changed our plans, the spirit of the series, bringing exciting speakers to south Vancouver Island and to our community around the world, remains intact.

Who do you think is making change? Send us your thoughts on future speakers to invite to this series.

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